Are Tea Parties Grossly Over-Estimated?


One of the problems The Pink Flamingo has with the whole Tea Party thingie is the fact that the numbers and “power” of the critter is grossly over-estimated.  Years ago, during the Great Space Battles, one of our ideas was to rally support and get people to blitz the Hill.  We then realized that a low turn-out could prove to be a disaster.  On Tuesday, the Tea Party Blitz was most likely a total disaster.

The Pink Flamingo is hearing that maybe 300 people showed up to hit the Hill.  You are better off sending no one than having such a pathetic show.  In fact, their dismal turnout could hurt the GOP effort to stop Obamacare!.

It is part of  Civics None-01.

The other night The Pink Flamingo received an email petition.  I was asked by a conservative operative to sign the petition to get so and so to run against an entrenched GOP Senator, who is not even up for re-election for this time.  Thing is, I do not even live in that state.

I would think this is a fluke, but I received another one, the following day, for another candidate in another state.  Oh yes, this person was also a “proven conservative”.

It is one thing for conservatives or liberals or even losertarians to circulate a petition in-state, but to do that on an out-of state basis is simply repulsive.


The Tea Party Twits are going to cause problems for the GOP.  Take Nevada, please.

“...Nevada political guru Jon Ralston interviewed Tea Party Senate candidate Scott Ashjian and notes in an email that “beyond the rehearsed lines about Majority Leader Harry Reid and the exposure of his business problems (he responded with some aplomb even then), Ashjian’s candidacy is still a question mark. He may not get to the double-digits forecast in two recent polls — POS and Mason-Dixon — but he did not look like a whack-job, either. If he is willing to put money behind his candidacy, he could cause some severe problems for the GOP nominee, even if he spends his time attacking Harry Reid.”…”

The Pink Flamingo keeps telling you that the tea party twits are not Republican.  Finally they are being exposed as losertarians.

“…“There’s a libertarian streak in the tea party movement that concerns me as a cultural conservative,” said Bryan Fischer, director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association. “The tea party movement needs to insist that candidates believe in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.”

“As far as I can tell [the tea party movement] has a politics that’s irreligious. I can’t see how some of my fellow conservatives identify with it,” said Richard Cizik, who broke with a major evangelical group over his support for government action on climate change, but who remains largely in line with the Christian right on social issues. “The younger Evangelicals who I interact with are largely turned off by the tea party movement — by the incivility, the name-calling, the pathos of politics.”…“I don’t think younger Christians are all that interested in the tea party movement. We aren’t as solidly committed to the Republican Party, or any party for that matter,” said Jonathan Merritt, a younger evangelical not aligned with the GOP who described his generation in an e-mail as “increasingly dissatisfied by a myopic Republican party that seems unwilling to tackle important social justice issues,” but also unable to join a Democratic Party that “seems unwilling to promote a culture of life.”….Worries about being out of step with the rest of the conservative movement surfaced most visibly last month in Washington during the Conservative Political Action Conference, which invited the gay Republican group GOProud to be a co-sponsor, and where one audience booed a speaker who criticized that decision.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee denounced the conference (with whose organizers he has feuded in the past) as a gathering that had become “increasingly more libertarian and less Republican.”

GOProud’s Barron, meanwhile, met with a warm reception, as he had, he said, during the giant Tea Party march on Washington last fall.

The veteran conservative activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said he found himself soothing social conservative fears about the Tea Parties at a recent gathering of the socially conservative Council for National Policy.

“They shouldn’t be nervous,” he said. “When the Republican Party and the modern conservative movement grows, that’s good for everybody.”…”

Glenn Beck is a closeted Bircher. That explains why he hates the GOP so badly (that and his background and buds who are big time liberal Dems). His rantings against the GOP have reached the point where even the far right is starting to go after him – a little. If you read this little gem by Chuck Baldwin, you can see the evolution of Beck’s Insanity.

“…The audience for Beck’s Friday night special were each given copies of two books. One of them was Cleon Skousen’s Five Thousand Year Leap. Skousen, who died in 2006, is one of the legendary cranks of the conservative world, a John Bircher, a grand fantasist of theories about secret conspiracies between capitalists and communists to impose a one-world government under the control of David Rockefeller.

There’s always been a market for this junk of course. Once that market was reached via mimeographed newsletters. Now it’s being tapped by Fox News…”

PJ Media is NOT Republican. Recently the writers on the site are more libertarian. They are biased, ill-informed, and don’t mind slamming the GOP. AWR Hawkins has a piece asking about what happened to “drill baby drill”. Typical of the attacks on the GOP, Hawkins is trying to make the GOP look bad by not exactly telling the truth.

“…Yet I can scarcely find an elected Republican who’s calling for expanded drilling. Nor do I hear a peep out of the grassroots conservatives who, just two years ago, couldn’t quit screaming “Drill Here, Drill Now.”

Even if we take a pragmatic look at drilling, this widespread silence is crazy because this is a winning issue for conservatives and Republicans alike. Just like tax cuts, smaller government, and the Second Amendment, a renewed push for expanded domestic drilling is always a hit with free men who want to remain free….”

The extremes now simply have adapted to the trash that is being spread by Ron Paul Bots. They are some of the worst elements in politics.

“…The factual record on Ron Paul and the John Birch Society is clear, and his association with the fringe organization that made itself famous by alleging that Dwight Eisenhower was “a dedicated conscious agent of the communist conspiracy” cannot be so easily brushed aside. In October, Paul delivered the keynote address at the Society’s 50th anniversary dinner; prior to his speech he released a statement praising the “great patriotic organization.” Nor is his involvement limited to this one address. When I reported my story last year, a Birch Society spokesman told me that Paul had spoken to the group about a half dozen times over the past decade. Sorry, but this is not the stuff of Barack Obama being at a dinner in the presence of Rashid Khalidi. …”

Just who are “Ron Paul People”? Well, they are mean, vicious, irrational, slobbering, followers of a narcissistic megalomaniac who is getting a little bit old for such things. They are John Birchers. They are haters. They hate anyone Ron Paul tells them to hate. They are anti-Semitic.

The Pink Flamingo has been telling you that something is afoot. Obviously I am not alone!

“...To understand just how much of a shift this represents for the mainstream right, consider — two years ago, blasted Ron Paul for endorsing the “conspiracy nuts” of the JBS. One year ago, National Review’s John Derbyshire implied that it was a vile smear to connect Ron Paul to the Birchers. And yet here they are at CPAC, with a book I mention in my story today:…”

A liberal wrote this in 2007. It sounds like The Pink Flamingo’s ranting and raving.

“...I’ve often said that the bulk of the people on the Republican side are not the Republicans we grew up with, and perhaps even agreed with from time to time. The sane people have been driven out of the party, and the current conservative movement is dominated by the extremists who would have been with the Birchers, or perhaps the Klan, in the past.

Sometimes when talking about this with younger people I get blank stares as it seemed nobody had mentioned the John Birch Society for quite a while and not everyone is aware of such groups. Suddenly they are coming up again. First it was with Ron Paul who, while certainly right when he took on the other Republicans on Iraq in the debate, does have a number of nutty right wing ideas. The recent profile of Paul in the New York Times Magazine reported:…”

Did you know that Rick Perry stole the election from Debra Medina? Get out the Tinfoil and violins for this one. It will break your stone cold hearts!

Jack Hunter, SC’s Ron Paul Bot trouble maker thinks he can control the Republican Party. Please remember that Hunter thinks Secession is acceptable.

“...Here is what most people who talk about nullification or secession are basically saying: America is too big. Speakers at the Abbeville conference wondered aloud whether a nation of 300 million people with trillions of dollars of debt, troops stationed across the globe, a weakening dollar, bankrupt social services, and irreconcilable differences on everything from healthcare to marijuana is too large to be governed by one central government….”

On Ron Paul’s idiot “liberty” web site, Hunter wrote the following dribble:

“….When Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was censured by various GOP county committees in his own state recently, Graham blamed it on “Ron Paul people.” When Florida governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist was defeated in a Republican straw poll by challenger Marco Rubio in December, Crist complained it was nothing more than “Ron Paul people.”

At this year’s 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., there were plenty of Ron Paul people, enough to deliver the congressman a first-place victory in the annual CPAC straw poll, which has long been considered a decent gauge of the GOP’s mindset.

But when Paul’s victory was announced, much of the CPAC crowd booed. Those pesky Ron Paul people had struck again, it seemed. Many Republican establishment types quickly dismissed the poll. But two glaring questions remain: Who is it that Paul’s critics prefer? And what kind of “people” are they?..In their ignorance, conservatives who boo Paul at CPAC or anywhere else are essentially dismissing the only force in contemporary American politics that is serious about smaller government. And despite the constant media spin and gnashing of teeth, Ron Paul and his people’s onward march is not representative of some sort of confusion within the conservative movement — but the only conservative movement. …”

Read the nasty comments on this FOX site. They are all from Ron Paul Bots and are basically the same people – who post over and over again, spewing their illiterate, ill-read, ill-informed, brainwashed hate.


2 thoughts on “Are Tea Parties Grossly Over-Estimated?

  1. I just read your post on the Tea Party and how it is not as big as it seems. Your post was in March of 2010. Now, from where I sit I have seen thousands come out for local Tea Party rallies and know several who say they have seen the same in D.C. You were not even close on this one. In your post, there is the claim of being Republican. You should really look up what that really means. Granted, the Republican party has surely veered way off coarse, but true Republicans are popping up once again. You should check them out. You’ll find them with the word Conservative next to them. By the way, Glenn Beck may not have mentioned a name of an author, but by my own fact checking, he knows far more about history than you! don’t agree?….call his show or e-mail him. I’m sure he would be interested.

  2. Glenn Beck is an idiot when it comes to history. Sorry, I am a historian, and my “real job” as a writer is writing about history. I am also a Republican and I do not do tea parties. I think they are potentially destructive (as are all populist movements – guess Glenn Beck hasn’t taught you that while he is shilling books by people who were Nazi sympathizers).


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